This recipe will probably get you laid. And if it doesn’t, you still get to play with fire and eat a delicious dessert. So, a textbook win-win.

Bananas Foster has been around a while. Cooks all over the world have added their twists and culinary elevations, but at our house we do it the traditional way. There are four ingredients plus ice cream and a couple of toppings, if you so desire. It takes longer to heat the pan than it does to execute the recipe, and you get to light the pan on fire.

Yes, you get to light the pan on fire.

That’s what makes this particular Bananas Foster recipe so great: it’s impressive yet ridiculously easy. It’s so easy, in fact, you’ll probably memorize it after reading it once. And you will definitely impress people, as long as you don’t actually tell them how easy it is.

Myers’s Rum is ideal for Bananas Foster because its sweetness that works well with the dish, but feel free to play around with whatever dark rums you have available.

Bananas Foster

2 bananas, peeled and cut in fourths
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup Myers’s Rum

Vanilla bean ice cream
Whipped cream

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and the brown sugar, stirring occasionally, until it becomes a thick caramel, about 60 seconds. Add the bananas to the pan. Cook for about two minutes per side. Use a spoon to cover the bananas in the caramel as they cook.


Remove the bananas to a plate or bowl and set aside. (At this point, it would be great if your date could prepare two dishes with ice cream and a few slices of banana each.)

Add the rum to the pan and light with a long lighter. (If your pan is hot enough, the rum may light on its own, so be careful!). Carefully swirl the caramel and the ignited rum a few times and allow the sugar to burn.


Once the fire goes out, immediately pour the sauce of the bananas and ice cream.


Add whipped cream and cherries. Eat. Smile. Get laid.